We invite you to join us on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th March when we will be hosting our biennial Design Seminar.

Over the course of the two days you will get to grips with litigating designs in the IPEC, understand what clients want from you and improve your understanding of international designs. 

We are honoured to be joined by David Stone, who has sat as a deputy judge on two designs cases in the past few months, who will speak about litigating in the IPEC.

The second half of the seminar will focus on the international stage. Attorneys from the notoriously difficult jurisdictions of the USA, Japan, and Canada will provide advice on working in those regions.

Richard Worthington, of Withers & Rogers, will also be discussing the Hague system.

The seminar is split over two short afternoon sessions to help you fit it into your busy schedule. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Litigation: What do judges feel optimises a case both in terms of designs and case management? 
  • Clients: How do clients feel about designs and their attorneys? What could everyone do better for their clients?
  • International: How can you maximise protection of designs in difficult jurisdictions around the world, and is using the Hague system a better solution?


Wednesday 3rd March



Welcome and introduction

Jade MacIntyre of Allen & Overy LLP will chair


Litigating in the IPEC

David Stone will share his first-hand experience of litigation in the IPEC


How to win clients and influence them

Sian Law, Senior IP Counsel for Chanel and Uma Elie, Consultant IP Specialist in FMCG will discuss designs from an in-house perspective.

Thursday 4th March



Welcome and introduction

Chris Shea, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, Civil Service, will chair


International protection and representational requirements

Representatives from firms in China, Japan and the USA will provide advice on working internationally.

Our expert panel of speakers consists of Xiaolin Dang of Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency, Beijing, Yuriko Kudo of Nakamura & Partners, Tokyo and Mike Bertelson of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Atlanta.


Hague System

Richard Worthington of Withers & Rogers will speak on the Hague System.


Meet the speakers

Mike Bertelson, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Atlanta (US)
International protection and representational requirements

Michael Bertelson focuses his practice on patent law, including helping clients build strong and effective patent portfolios and avoiding or designing around the patent rights of others. Mr. Bertelson also has assisted with numerous patent litigations, and counsels clients about the acquisition and transfer of patents and patent portfolios. Additionally, Mr. Bertelson has substantial experience protecting and enforcing design patent rights.

Mr. Bertelson works with clients in a variety of industries, including consumer products, medical devices, universities, and industrial products. Mr. Bertelson is familiar with a variety of technologies, including mechanical, electro-mechanical and optical technologies.

Xiaolin Dang, Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency, Beijing (CN)

International protection and representational requirements

Xiaolin Dang is managing partner of Beijing Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency Ltd and a leading IP attorney in China, having received numerous awards from China’s National Intellectual Property Administration and the All-China Patent Agents Association (ACPAA), including receiving titles such as “Leading Role in IP Field” and “High-level Talent in Patent Agency Industry”.

Mr Dang is vice president of the ACPAA and a committee member of its Litigation Committee. He is also listed in the first group of High-level Talents in the Patent Agency Industry (litigation area), in the first group of Leading Talents of China.

Uma Elie, Consultant IP Specialist in FMCG
In-house panel

Uma is a scientist by background, with over 20 years' experience as Global IP Lead (Patents & Designs) in a large food manufacturing company. She is currently working as a Consultant IP Specialist in FMCG, advising and supporting business on various aspects of patents and registered designs, including strategies for acquiring, monitoring, enforcing and managing IP. Uma's key experience with designs is in snack products and packaging.

Sian Law, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Chanel Limited
In-house panel
Sian has worked at Chanel for over 10 years and has been actively involved in Chanel's design filing programmes.


Jade Macintyre, Allen & Overy
Event chair

Jade MacIntyre is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and European Trade Mark and Design Attorney, specialising in trade mark prosecution and portfolio management.

Jade has represented clients before the UK IPO, the High Court and the EUIPO Boards of Appeal. She regularly works with major brands and international organisations in relation to trade mark selection, clearance searches, enforcement (including anti-counterfeiting, oppositions and revocations, passing off and domain name disputes) and agreements (licenses, assignments and co-existence).

David Stone, Allen & Overy
Litigating in the IPEC
David works with the world’s leading businesses to protect their most valuable asset: their brands. Leading the A&O global IP practice, he is a distinguished IP litigator specialising in trade marks, registered and unregistered designs and copyright.
A solicitor advocate, David also has the benefit of in-house experience having worked in-house with Coca-Cola for a number of years. In 2017, David was authorised to sit part time as a Deputy High Court Judge.
He is regularly sought after to speak, providing unparalleled narrative and advice around the most crucial IP issues. David is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and teaches IP, including at the Universities of Oxford, Queen Mary and Alicante.
Richard Worthington, Withers & Rogers LLP
Hague System
As head of the Withers & Rogers Designs group, Richard advises clients mainly in the cosmetics, fashion, furniture and medical device industries. His clients use design rights to supplement other forms of IP protection, such as patents and trade marks, and as a stand-alone backbone of their IP strategy. Richard often combines his keen eye for design aesthetics with his engineering background to great effect in scoping out design registrations for functional items.


CITMA member (until 1st March) - £165
Standard (until 1st March) - £205

To note

  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: 9am, Monday 1st March 2021.